September 25, 2012

Cat Behaviors and What They Mean

Filed under: Cat Behavior — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 4:10 pm

Cat BehaviorDespite the popularity of dogs among pet lovers, cats still hold a special place. Some people still choose cats over dogs for a pet.

And why not?

Cats have a special demeanor that is unique to their kind. They possess a personality and behavior that only they have. And this is what makes them special.

Most cat owners try their best at understanding cat behavior to be able to care for their pets better. Like dogs, there is definitely something behind a cat’s actions. It is always best for humans to understand cat behaviors and what they mean to help them build a better owner-pet relationship and respond to the cat’s needs more appropriately.

Below are a few common cat behavior meanings to help pet owners with dealing more effectively with their cats:

Cat Behavior 1: An arched back with all fur sticking out

Most cat owners have seen this behavior in their cat. This means that the feline wants to be left alone because there is something spooking them out. This defensive action coupled with eye contact and a stiff body also means they sense that something isn’t right. So it’s best just to let them be.

Cat Behavior 2: Ears pointed up

This only means the cat is carefully focusing on something that caught their attention—could be a sound, an object, or another cat. This is also a sign that the cat is relaxed.

Cat Behavior 3: Purring

A cat purr may be a sign that they are totally secure with the surroundings and the people.

Cat Behavior 4: Exposing the tummy

Cats who confidently expose their tummy by lying on their back is a sign of complete trust to their owner or the people surrounding them. This is a good sign that your cat trusts and respects you because cats normally protect their stomach.

Cat Behavior 5: Kneading

This is one of the most common cat behavior that they carry on since their kitten years. This is a sign of contentment and affection. Cats often purr while kneading.

Cat Behavior 6: Scratching

Cats scratch to clean their claws. They also do this as a way of marking their territory with scratch marks or leaving their scent in the area of their territory.

Cat Behavior 7: Tail between the legs

This is a sign of fear; it means something has just scared your cat. You will often observe this together with the ears flattened and a growling sound. Don’t make the mistake of carrying them and trying to comfort them, cats juts want to be left alone until they get it over it themselves.

August 28, 2012

How And Why Do Cats Purr?

Filed under: Cat Behavior,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 3:50 pm

cat purringSome of the questions I get a lot from curious cat owners are about purring. It fascinates us, mainly because we don’t do it naturally.

Some cat owners assume that their cats purr to communicate. Maybe they’re hungry or want to show affection. And that certainly may be the case, but there’s no conclusive evidence that cats purr for communication purposes.

On top of the way, a lot of people wonder about the how, too. So, let’s dedicate a little time to clearing up these common questions.

How Do Cats Purr?

There are some conflicting theories on how cats purr. Some experts say that the “purring” sound actually comes from the vibration of the laryngeal blood vessels.

In other theories, it’s suggested that purring is produced by a laryngeal constriction-dilation mechanism that modulates cat respiratory system flow to cause air vibrations.

In short, we know it comes from both the laryngeal muscles as well as the diaphragm. It happens when cats breathe in and breathe out, both ways.

Contrary to what some people believe, animals aside from cats also purr. Believe it or not, elephants purr when they’re being fed.

Why Do Cats Purr?

According to modern research, there could be two main reasons behind cat purring—communication and healing.

The Healing Power of Purring

The sound vibration of a cat’s purr is between 25 to 150 Hertz. Astoundingly, this vibration range has been seen to promote bone growth and healing in humans.

So, maybe it’s done by cats to promote the same healing benefits. This gives us valuable insight as to why cats have remarkable endurance and recover quickly from injuries.

Others also believe that purring releases endorphins, which are biological pain killers. Cats purr to feel better when they’re under stress, or when they just want to be happier overall.

Other Theories on Cat Purring

Cats may purr when they feel pleasure. If you have one at home, you might hear this when you’re petting, stroking, or feeding your cat. When resting, cats also have been known to purr.

Cats may purr to tell you that they are hungry. This is probably the most common idea people have as to why cats purr. Don’t be surprised if you find your cat rubbing against your legs while making their sweetest purring sounds.

Cats may purr to counteract the effects of prolonged rest and sleep. Bone density loss is a problem that’s also common among animals that spend long periods in the same place, or inactive. And these long periods of inactivity could lead to bone density loss, osteoporosis, and bone fractures.

Cats may purr to communicate. If you have kittens at home, you probably have a good idea how frequently and loudly kittens purr, especially when they’re hungry.


Dr. Loridawn Gordon


April 17, 2012

A Cat Health Problems Journal – Appreciating Life Indoors

Filed under: Cat Behavior — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 10:19 pm

cat personalities Sometimes I imagine how it would be to be a dog for one day. Not that I envy that silly drooling roommate of mine, not at all. It’s just that I might feel some sympathy for him this way. I just don’t understand him, and I can’t understand how different we are.

I mean, we’re both four-legged, we both were born the same way and we’re sharing the same destiny: being pets. Our similarities end here. He’d be lost without humans; he wouldn’t be able to hunt his own food but he’d have to beg for it, and let’s not begin to what it would do to his soul! He’d just die of sorrow. What a needy guy!

Not me. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what humans do for me. And of course I enjoy being petted whenever I’m in the mood. But fortunately, I’ve got many abilities that would allow me to survive if for some reason I end up being on my own, like hunting my food, escape when being chased, and apparently, I have 9 lives (does this count as ability? I’m not sure).

There’s probably one benefit I get as a pet that I wouldn’t have if I were wandering around: good cat health. And this is worth to stay in. I’ve been told really crazy stories from life outdoors. I have this visitor every other month, who tells me how different (and exciting) an outdoors cat lives.
We talk to each other through my meshed window, so don’t think I’ll ever be able to follow him and check if all of it is true; he’s told me some nice experiences from the field. I think that at this point he has used four out of his nine lives, but he doesn’t seem to care.

outdoors catAnyway, he’s mentioned how sad it is to see a friend dying after developing bad health conditions that might have started as cat colds and ended as really bad infections (I’ve heard that respiratory infections in cats must be treated by professionals). What’s worst, if one of the gang gets sick, it will be most likely that the rest will get infected, so sometimes they leave the poor sick friend on his own. That must be really scary, being left to die alone.
There’s also other risk of wandering outdoors: humans. What my friend told me was a little difficult to believe because all humans I know are kind with me. But he says that a stray cat should always be careful with what he eats for this might be poisoned. Apparently, not all humans like animals, especially cats. I couldn’t believe my pointy ears.

I hope my friend gets lucky and someday a charitable soul picks him out of streets. In the meantime, I’m not planning on going anywhere. I’ve decided to keep my thoughts to myself, maybe write them down on a notebook and then forget about it. Whenever I start wondering about becoming an adventurer I try to remember those stories.

That’s why I’m grateful in some way when my owners take me to the vet, although, is not a pleasant trip. Especially when both my roommate and I go together, his yells are unbelievable. After all, is no fun to have all your entire body examined and touched by a complete stranger…but it is worse for my dog friend; I certainly wouldn’t like to be him.

At the end, I have some special tricks, as Gary Smith said once “Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re tired, nap in the sunbeam. When you go to the vet, pee on your owner.”

December 17, 2011

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Filed under: Cat Behavior — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:28 am

You open the door to let your pet cat outside, and your little friend runs immediately to the grass to start munching away on a nice, leafy, green meal. If you’re like many pet owners you may find A pet cat eating fresh grassyourself watching your pet, wondering why it has such a desire to chow down on all the foliage in your general area—and if you are, you are certainly not alone. In this blog post we’ll tackle the age-old feline question:

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

The short answer is there is no short answer.

No one—pet owners, vets, scientists—really know why cats eat grass, but like all great cat mysteries, there is no lack of theories which purport to know the feline truth beyond it all. One thing most people seem to agree on is that cats are not eating grass for nutrition. Cats are not vegetarians; in fact, they require meat as part of a healthy diet.

Hairballs and Indigestible Matter.

Cats are carnivores, but unlike some carnivores cats pay little attention to the difference between bone, fur, and meat. When a cat swallows an entire mouse whole, the digestive enzymes in the stomach will dissolve the meat while leaving the bones and hair to sit in the cat’s stomach. Some vets have theorized that cats eating grass helps to expel these hair/bone balls from prey in their system such that a potentially sharp, protruding mass does not have to pass through the cat’s intestines.

This same hairball expulsion theory is often times applied to regular cat hair collected through a cat’s regular cleaning of its coat with its tongue.


Folic Acid

One of the things that is beneficial for a cat which is found in grass is folic acid, something found in a cat’s mother’s milk. A deficit of folic acid can lead to anemia; a young cat’s growth can be stunted if they do not receive enough folic acid. Some vets have theorized that cats eat grass because they know (instinctively) when they need to up their levels of folic acid, and they eat a sufficient amount of grass accordingly.

Grass is Nature’s Laxative

The last theory involves, instead of throwing up hairballs and other indigestible, eating the broader part of a grass plant to instead induce a laxative effect. Grass can introduce some fiber and mass into the system helping them to pass worms or fur through a cat’s intestinal tract. If you think that your cat is having trouble with digestion beyond the scope of some grass, try our Naturelax Formula for Cat Constipation.

They just like it!

Eating grass is natural behavior in cats. Many people argue that cats just like the taste, texture, and otherwise feel of eating grass—much the same way that humans chew on grass and other objects. Whatever the case, there remains little doubt that cats seem to love eating grass, and in general it represents a low risk to their health. The only time you should be concerned is if your cat is regularly eating excessive amounts of grass, as this may be indicative of a greater intestinal issue that should be addressed immediately.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.